As I prepare to embark on a second master’s (wow, didn’t realise how nerdy that sounded until I actually wrote it:), I have been organising and deleting some old files stored in my computer. I stumbled upon essays and notes that I wrote for my first master’s degree, the MSc in Information and Library Studies, and have enjoyed reading through some of them again.
I often like to look back on earlier work, but as I read through some of my essays, I have to ask myself, “What was I thinking?” In some cases, it’s the style or phrasing that makes me cringe. At the time, I thought it was good writing, but I think my style and voice has evolved since then. It will be interesting to see how my writing changes as I update this blog more frequently; already, I am seeing differences in the way I write now as compared to how I wrote last year.
For the most part, however, it is the content that is making me stop and think twice. Although I had worked as a library assistant prior to going to library school, my writing shows that I did not have a clear understanding of what working as a professional librarian would entail. I had worked in technical services as a library assistant, and my essays were definitely skewed more to the technical services aspects of librarianship. I didn’t give much attention to the interpersonal aspects of library service. Where I did mention partnership working or collaboration, the writing seemed a bit flat, as though I was just using buzzwords without really understanding what they meant (which, of course, is precisely what I was doing!).
Reading through my old essays has been a worthwhile experience, even though I often find myself thinking, “Really? I got a distinction on that?!” It’s heartening to see how much I’ve grown over the past three years, and it makes me hopeful that I will grow even more in the near future.